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January 2005
First Look: Forty Shades of Blue

First Look: Forty Shades of Blue

Director: Ira Sachs
Producers: Mary Bing, Margot Bridger, Jawal Nga, Donal Rosenfeld, & Ira Sachs
Screenwriter: Michael Rohatyn & Ira Sachs
Cast: Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren E. Burrows, Jerry Chipman, Stuart Greer, Emily McKenna, & Jenny O'Hara

Synopsis: (from IMDB.com)
Wealthy music producer Alan James (Rip Torn) lives with his beautiful Russian girlfriend Laura (Dina Korzun), thirty years his junior, who he met while she was a hostess at a restaurant on the bluffs of Mississippi. They have a three-year-old son. Alan is a music legend, having produced black music during the 60's and 70's, the golden era of Memphis Soul. They live a life of luxury in the penthouse of the most opulent high-rise in Memphis, Tennessee, but, although she is comfortable, Laura feels lonely and isolated. Alan has an estranged adult son from a previous marriage, Michael (Darren E. Burrows), a freelance writer, who is married and lives with his wife in Los Angeles. Michael and his father have a complicated relationship that is marred by disappointment, hampered by jealously, and fueled by anger. When Michael returns home to Memphis for the first time in many years, although he had at first disapproved of his father's young girlfriend, a painful and dangerous love affair develops between him and Laura, his contemporary. As this forbidden and incestuous passion deepens in the bedrooms and bars of modern Memphis, Laura comes to an illuminating self-confrontation that will change her soul and her life forever...

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